Leon Dolice was twenty eight years old when he crossed the Atlantic in 1920 and arrived in what was to become his beloved New York. Having been an young itinerant artist in Europe and having traveled to most of the continent’s capitals viewing the works of the masters, in New York he felt most at home in the Bohemianism of Greenwich Village.
He used the city’s landmarks as his subjects, and chose New York’s artists as his friends, such as George Luks and Herb Roth. He found early success with his etchings. Over time, he traveled to other Eastern cities for new subjects, always returning to Manhattan. In the late 1930’s, sales of his etchings declined and he turned to pastels, linocuts, and painting. His subject matter was, for the most part, common New York street scenes. Looking at his work today, viewers are drawn into the New York known and loved by Dolice. His work resides in many museums and private collections, among them the Museum of the City of New York, and the New York Historical Society.
Source: Askart; biography provided by Joe L Dolice, son of the artist